2 rock­ets from Gaza fired to­ward Tel Aviv

The Buffalo News - - OPINION - – Wash­ing­ton Post

JERUSALEM – The Is­raeli mil­i­tary said Thurs­day evening that two rock­ets were fired from Gaza to­ward Tel Aviv, prompt­ing sirens to sound through­out the city and put­ting pres­sure on Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu – who faces re-elec­tion in less than a month – to mount a strong re­sponse.

Res­i­dents re­ported hear­ing ex­plo­sions, but there were no re­ports of in­juries or dam­age. The mil­i­tary said nei­ther rocket was in­ter­cepted by Is­rael’s Iron Dome mil­i­tary de­fense sys­tem, though warn­ing sys­tems had oper­ated as re­quired.

One rocket likely fell into the sea, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Hul­dai told Is­raeli tele­vi­sion. He said he had in­structed the city to open all bomb shel­ters, but life ap­peared to be re­turn­ing to nor­mal shortly af­ter the in­ci­dent.

Netanyahu called an emer­gency meet­ing with top se­cu­rity of­fi­cials. While rocket launches from Gaza are not un­usual, it was the first time in more than four years that they have tar­geted the ma­jor city of Tel Aviv. Is­rael and Ha­mas fought a 50-day con­flict in the sum­mer of 2014.

The es­ca­la­tion on Thurs­day fol­lowed a day of un­rest in Gaza over liv­ing con­di­tions.

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